Industry Recognized Credentials for Medical Assisting

Essential Safety IRC(s)

All programs must (1) prepare students to take and (2) provide an opportunity to achieve Essential Safety credentials to all students in the program. The essential Safety Credential(s) must be recognized state-wide, if not nationally as valuable and should be most applicable to specific program area.

For this Program area, students (1) prepare students to take and (2) provide an opportunity to achieve at least one of the listed Essential Safety credentials.

CertificationCertifying Organization
OSHA 10 General IndustryOSHA
Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) CertificationAmerican Heart Association or American Red Cross
First Aid CertificationAmerican Heart Association or American Red Cross
Basic Life Support Certification

American Red Cross or American Red Cross

Essential Industry IRC(s)

All programs must (1) prepare students to take and (2) provide an opportunity to achieve at least one of the listed Essential Program Credentials.

  1. The certification must have high-value currency in the market, which can be gained through various processes including transparency initiatives, general awareness, endorsements and validations, regulations, hiring policies and practices, and/or procedures that can be used to translate the credential into academic credit.
  2. Must lead to improved hiring outcomes and/or increased earnings for students who attain the credential.
  3. Credentials required for employment in program field must be included.

For this Program area, students must (1) prepare students to take and (2) provide an opportunity to achieve earn at least one of the listed Essential Program credentials.

CertificationCertifying Organization

Registered Medical Assistant (RMA)

American Medical Association

Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA)

National Healthcareer Association

Supplemental IRC(s)

Programs may choose to differentiate and expand upon their program by offering additional credentials. Credentials listed as Supplemental/Specialized may include:
  • Credentials that are endorsed by local or regional industry associations or workforce boards
  • Must be attainable for students in the program who master the competencies outlined in the relevant Career Technical Education Framework such as an advanced/stacked credential above the essentials
  • May be equipment, tool, software or process specific if valued by industry.
CertificationCertifying OrganizationPostsecondary
Certified Medical AssistantAmerican Association of Medical AssistantsX
Medical Assistant CertificationAmerican Education Certification AssociationX
Clinical Medical Assistant CertificationAmerican Medical Certification AssociationX
Medical Assistant CertificationAmerican Medical Certification AssociationX
MEDIC First AidHSI
Nationally Certified Medical Office AssistantNational Center for Competency Testing
Nationally Certified Patient Care TechnicianNational Center for Competency Testing
Nationally Certified Medical AssistantNational Center for Competency Testing
Certified Patient Care Technician/AssistantNational Healthcareer Association
Certified Medical CoderPractice Management InstituteX
Certified Medical Insurance SpecialistPractice Management InstituteX
Certified Clinical Hemodialysis TechnicianNephrology Nursing Certification CommissionX
Certified Colon Hydrotherapist - IntermediateInternational Association for Colon HydrotherapyX
Certified Clinical Transplant CoordinatorsOrganization for Transplant ProfessionalsX
Certified Radiology CoderRadiology Coding Certification BoardX
Certified Wound Care AssociateAmerican Board of Wound ManagementX
Certified Professional Coder in DermatologyAmerican Academy of Professional CodersX
Certified Cardiology CoderAmerican Academy of Professional CodersX
Certified Family Practice CoderAmerican Academy of Professional CodersX
Certified Cardiovascular and Thoracic SurgeryAmerican Academy of Professional CodersX
Certified ENT CoderAmerican Academy of Professional CodersX
Certified Pediatrics CoderAmerican Academy of Professional CodersX
Patient Care TechnicianAmerican Phlebotomy AssociationX
Phlebotomy TechnicianAmerican Phlebotomy AssociationX
Certified Medical Compliance OfficerPractice Management InstituteX
Certified Professional CoderAmerican Academy of Professional CodersX
Certified Coding SpecialistAmerican Health Information Management AssociationX
Certified Coding Specialist--Physician-basedAmerican Health Information Management AssociationX
Nationally Certified Insurance and Coding SpecialistNational Center for Competency TestingX
Certified Chiropractic Professional CoderAmerican Academy of Professional CodersX
Certified Evaluation and Management CoderAmerican Academy of Professional CodersX
Certified Orthopaedic Surgery CoderAmerican Academy of Professional CodersX
Certified Hematology and Oncology CoderAmerican Academy of Professional CodersX
Certified Internal Medicine CoderAmerican Academy of Professional CodersX
Certified Rheumatology CoderAmerican Academy of Professional CodersX
Certified Medical Reimbursement SpecialistAmerican Medical Billing AssociationX
Certified Specialist in Trauma RegistriesAmerican Trauma SocietyX
Medication Aide Certification"National Council of State Boards of Nursing, Inc."X
Certified Healthcare Access AssociateNational Association of Healthcare Access ManagementX
EKG TechnicianAmerican Phlebotomy Association
Certified Alzheimer Caregiver (CAC)National Certification Board for Alzheimer Care
Functional Training Specialty CertificationAmerican Council on ExerciseX
Home Care Coding Specialist - HospiceBoard of Medical Specialty Coding and ComplianceX
Certified Coding AssociateAmerican Health Information Management AssociationX
Medical Administrative SpecialistAmerican Medical TechnologistsX
Pathologist AssistantAmerican Society for Clinical PathologyX
Certified Interventional Radiology Cardiovascular CoderAmerican Academy of Professional CodersX
Registered Health Information TechnicianAmerican Health Information Management AssociationX
Certified Ophthalmic AssistantJoint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in OphthalmologyX
Certified Procurement Transplant CoordinatorOrganization for Transplant ProfessionalsX
Certified Ambulatory Surgery Center CoderAmerican Academy of Professional CodersX
Certified Emergency Department CoderAmerican Academy of Professional CodersX
Home Care Clinical Specialist - OASISBoard of Medical Specialty Coding and ComplianceX
Home Care Coding Specialist - DiagnosisBoard of Medical Specialty Coding and ComplianceX
Certified Medical Administrative AssistantNational Healthcareer AssociationX
Certified Billing and Coding SpecialistNational Healthcareer AssociationX
Corporate Certified Ophthalmic AssistantJoint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in OphthalmologyX
Certified Colon Hydrotherapist - AdvancedInternational Association for Colon HydrotherapyX
Certified Anesthesia and Pain Management CoderAmerican Academy of Professional CodersX
Certified Gastroenterology CoderAmerican Academy of Professional CodersX
Certified General Surgery CoderAmerican Academy of Professional CodersX
Certified Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery CoderAmerican Academy of Professional CodersX
Certified Obstetrics Gynecology CoderAmerican Academy of Professional CodersX
Certified Urology CoderAmerican Academy of Professional CodersX
Certified Healthcare Access ManagerNational Association of Healthcare Access ManagementX
Registered Medical AssistantAmerican Phlebotomy AssociationX
Medical Laboratory AssistantAmerican Phlebotomy AssociationX
Clinical Research AssistantAmerican Phlebotomy AssociationX
Advanced Medical Life SupportNational Association Of Emergency Medical TechniciansX
Certified Colon Hydrotherapist - FoundationInternational Association for Colon HydrotherapyX
Certified Outpatient CodingAmerican Academy of Professional CodersX
Medical Coder & Biller CertificationAmerican Medical Certification AssociationX